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Retire in Fairfield, California?
Overview: About an hour northeast of San Francisco and 20 miles from the Napa Valley in northern California, Fairfield is a comfortable city and home to the famous Jelly Belly jellybean factory. It is also just three miles from Travis Air Force Base (the city's largest employer).
With a temperate climate and a racially mixed population, the city has been growing and is surrounded by beautiful farmland, orchards and vineyards, making all kinds of fresh produce and top California vintages readily available. Residents enjoy a microbrewery, walking trails, a comedy club, several large parks, three golf courses, a railway museum and a putt putt course. Downtown Fairfield is is not touristy and has a mix of banks, retailers and restaurants. Solano Town Center has national retailers, and the Downtown Theatre presents drama productions, concerts and dance recitals. Solano Community College has classes for all ages.
A great way to spend a day is to drive through neighboring Suisun Valley, stopping at wineries and farm stands along the way. Twenty miles south of the city, the Suisun Marsh has fishing and boating.
Population: 114,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 36% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $460,000
Climate: Fairfield has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and damp to wet, mild winters. Summer temperatures are in the 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. The area receives 22 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Fast Transit
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has four branches
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 25%
Is California Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: The earthquake risk is 1,150% higher than the national average. Fires burned on the outskirts of the city in October, 2017.
Notes: Travis AFB has 7,500 active military personnel.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Thanks to the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War, the Golden State became a U.S. territory in 1847. Soon after, gold was found at Sutter's Mill. The land crowded with fortune seekers, and, shortly thereafter, California entered the Union as its 31st state in 1850.
California has 900 miles of coastline and claims the highest and lowest point in the continental U.S. Its terrain varies dramatically - from sandy beaches to rugged mountains, deserts to fertile farmland. Landmarks like Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Golden Gate Bridge play a large part in the nation's history and imagination.
Although Texas and New York have tried to close the gap, California's economy continues to be nation's largest. Agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, and tourism are some of its leading industries.
Cities of the Golden State have put some odd laws on the books. It's illegal to molest a monarch in Pacific Grove. Want to throw a frisbee on an L.A. County beach? Better ask a lifeguard first. What about bowling on the sidewalks of Chico? Strictly forbidden!
Population - 39,802,500
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 81.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 32%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 39%
White persons, not Hispanic - 39%
Median household income - $64,500
Median home value - $399,000
Social Security Taxed - No
Source: U.S. Census
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